So you want a sporty sedan but with extra cargo space. You also want it to look aggressive while still providing you with a solid fuel economy and an affordable price point. All of that comes together in the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback. The Hatchback edition of the best-selling Honda Civic gives you a sporty, aggressive stance that hugs the road with optimal handling, all while improving the amount of cargo space you have inside your car.
Honda designed the Civic Hatchback to be sleek, stylish, and safe. It's perfect for day-trippers, small families, and for people that want their daily-driver to be stylish, fun, and practical.
There is one engine option available on the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback edition. This engine is a 1.5L turbocharged I4 that produces 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. For most of the trims, the horsepower and torque don't change, but if you opt for the Sport or Sport Touring trim, you'll see a boost in performance.
For the Sport and Sport Touring trims, you will receive the same 1.5L turbocharged I4 engine, but it will produce up to 180 horsepower and between 162 and 177 lb-ft of torque.
Fuel Economy is going to depend on the trim you choose and the transmission. Paired with a CVT, the LX, EX, and EX-L trims have an estimated fuel economy of up to 31 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.2 Paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Sport and Sport Touring models have an estimated fuel economy of up to 29 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway.2
If drivers opt for a CVT on the Sport and Sport Touring trims, the models will have an estimated fuel economy of up to 29 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway.2 No matter which trim you choose for the Civic Hatchback, you will find a model with a great estimated fuel economy.
Each trim of the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback comes with entertainment upgrades you are sure to love. The base LX trim takes advantage of a five-inch color LCD screen that is paired with a powerful four-speaker 160-watt audio system. The system does support Bluetooth pairing and audio streaming so you can listen to your favorite services, such as Pandora or Spotify. There is also a single USB audio interface port for connecting external audio devices.
When you upgrade to the next tier up, which is the Sport trim, the display is bumped up to a seven-inch high-resolution touchscreen With the seven-inch upgrade, and the system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also double the number of speakers to 8 and up the performance wattage to 180.
The Sport Touring trim gives you the most entertainment features. As well as everything found on the Sport trim, the Sport Touring trim comes with a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with built-in voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic. You'll also receive HD Radio, Sirius XM satellite radio, plus an SMS Text Message Function. This way, you can text messages read by your car's infotainment system and reply to them with a verbal command. In addition to this, the audio performance takes a massive step up with a 540-watt Premium Audio System. This includes 12 speakers and a subwoofer.
What's great about the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is the fact that you will never have to go with the top-tier trim to land an impressive suite of safety features. There are far too many other manufacturers that require you to opt for top-tier trims, only to get safety features that should have been standard on the base model. With Honda, safety will always be the first priority.
All trims come with Honda Sensing technologies built-in. This includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (or CMBS for short) and Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) All trims also come standard with Lane Keeping Assist System, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning.
One exciting feature is Adaptive Cruise Control. With this feature, your vehicle can sense the speed of vehicles in front of you and adjust your cruising speed, so you are no longer forced to constantly turn off cruise control when you approach a vehicle that is driving too slow.
For all trims, the Civic Hatchback comes with auto high-beam headlights. For the EX and Sport Touring trims, there is a Honda LaneWatch design to help keep you riding in your own lane.
Passive safety features for all trims include advanced front airbags, SmartVent front side airbags, side curtain airbags (with a built-in rollover sensor), driver and front passenger seat-belt reminders, plus lower anchors and tethers for Children (called LATCH).
Active safety features include LED daytime running lights, brake assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, and vehicle stability assist. There is a multi-angle rearview camera offered. For the LX and Sport trims, it offers guidelines on the infotainment system's screen while the EX and Sport Touring trims offer dynamic guidelines. Dynamic guidelines will change and shift based on how you're steering and what is behind you.
The comfort features on any car do not steal headlines or take attention away from safety features and fuel economy. However, these small features are what help make driving a car that much better. It's amazing what a light in the right location or the perfectly sized cup holder can do for your drive. With the Honda Civic Hatchback, you receive plenty of these features.
All trims come with driver and front vanity mirrors, plus automatic climate control. There is a one-touch turn indicator, plus a tilt and telescopic steering column. With sliding sun visors, you can easily block out bright sunlight, and the headlights-on reminder makes sure you never accidentally leave your lights on when parked ever again. There is even a 12-volt power outlet at the front of the vehicle, which is extremely helpful when you need to plug something in or charge a battery.
On some of the top-tier trims, the Civic comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear-seat center armrest, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. This way, different passengers can remain at different temperatures based on their comfort levels.
Looking for the most room when in a Honda Civic? If so, you will want to go with the LX or Sport models. These will give you a max headroom of 39.3 inches. For the EX and Sport Touring, the aggressively designed seating gives you 37.6 inches. However, all of the trims will give you 42.3 inches of front legroom and 36 inches of rear legroom. In total, you will have 97.2 cubic feet of passenger volume in the LX and Sport trims and 94.8 cubic feet in the EX and Sport Touring.
The hatchback design for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback does give you more cargo space than what you might receive with a traditional trunk. The added height also makes it easier to fit certain objects on the rear of the vehicle that you might not have been able to slide in. When all of the seats are left upright, you will have 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the LX and EX trims. However, if you go with the Sport or the Sport Touring trims, the cargo space does dip slightly to 22.6 cubic feet. You will gain all of this space back when the rear seat is folded down. No matter what trim model you decide to go with, max cargo volume with the back seat down is 46.2 cubic feet.